Apple today announced that several ATI-equipped Macintosh computers will not ever be able to take advantage of OpenGL under Mac OS X. Computers with ATI Rage II+, Rage IIc, Rage Pro, Rage Pro Turbo, Rage LT Pro and Rage Mobility are affected; machines range from the Power Macintosh G3 to the iBook SE. It is likely that thousands of Macintosh users will be affected by this decision.
Best-selling author David Pogue has published a new book entitled \'Mac OS X: The Missing Manual.\' In the book, Mr. Pogue attempts to provide new Mac OS X users with a comprehensive look at the dozens of new features Apple has included. Chapter 2, \'Organizing Your Stuff,\' is available online as a free sample. \"The book should have been in the box.\" (Pogue Press/O\'Reilly, US $24.95)
osx.macnn.com has news of the OS X 10.1.2 update, Open Firmware Password 1.02, a new Audiogalaxy client, QuickTime Stream Server 4.0 preview 2, and other notes.
Metrowerks has posted CodeWarrior Pro 7.1, a maintenance release that includes updates to the CodeWarrior IDE, MetroNub Plugin, Remote Debugger, Compilers, MSL, and project stationery.
Trash X v1.1, an update to the $7 shareware that can instantly delete or shred file and folders without sending them to the trash, now offers secure deletion (shredding) of files and folders.
Apple has released OS X 10.1.2 via the Software Update control panel, which delivers improvements and new functionality, including updated and new USB and FireWire device support, including FireWire-based digital cameras; new PC Card storage device support, including media readers; IrDA modem support for FireWire-based PowerBook models; Audio, Display, and Speech improvements; Networking and Printing improvements as well as AirPort v2.0, Apache web server v1.3.22, and AppleScript v1.8 components. It is required for AppleScript Studio 1.0 to function.
Apple has posted Open Firmware Password 1.02 for OS X 10.1 users, which allows you to enable security features in Open Firmware that can prevent others from starting your computer using a CD or other disk with an operating system on it: \"When you set a Firmware password, it prevents others from starting up the computer from a volume other than the one you have chosen as the startup disk (chosen in the Startup Disk preference panel within the System Preferences.) Once security is enabled, you cannot startup from other devices such as an external FireWire disk, a CD-ROM drive, or another partition or disk inside the computer.\"
Yahoo! is reporting that Microsoft\'s new Windows XP, billed as the most secure Microsoft operating system ever, contains several flaws that allow hackers to take advantage of victim\'s computers. The vulnerabilities were discovered by three security researchers with eEye Digital Security Inc., led by Marc Maiffret. \"This is very serious,\'\' Maiffret said, \"[hackers] could reformat your hard-drive, record your keystrokes.\" Shares of Microsoft are down 4% today.
Ben Spink has released official documentation for CrushFTP 3.0, a $25 FTP (File Transfer Protocol) application for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. CrushFTP uses CRC32 for verifying files, has a built in IRC bot and web searching.
Imation has announced a new, enhanced profiling tool for Verifi Accurate Web Color, the company\'s tool for providing accurate color on the Web. Verifi is a server-based system that dynamically modifies color images to compensate for the differences inherent in the way monitors display color. The new version has an improved process for managing end-user configurations. Verifi is compatible with both Internet Explorer and Netscape on the Mac.
Limewire 2.0, a new version the Java-client for the Gnutella file sharing network, offers \"swarm downloads\" from multiple hosts, reduced bandwidth requirements, broader searches for rare content, improved chat functions, an auto-shutdown option, a simplified interface, better OS X support, iTunes integration, and other enhancements. A $6 \"Pro\" version removes all banner ads and bundled software from the freeware \"Basic\" version. [Classic, Carbon]
Riccardo Ettore has released a public beta of TypeIt4Me X, a Carbon version of his $27 abbreviation expansion utility.
P.O.S. Direct is shipping a new barcode CCD scanner with either a keyboard connector or USB interface. the \"plug \'n play\" CE1000 works with out drives and features a new CPU, new optics and a new ergonomic design. The PS/2 version is $125, while the USB version is $135.
Adobe has posted Acrobat 5.05, which provides additional compatibility and fixes known issues, including support for Mac OS X and the latest versions of Microsoft Office.
Afternoon tech news: Sony\'s CEO fears that the full economic impact of September 11th\'s attacks will not be felt by many high-tech firms until early next year; Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer have issued a 50-page report defending their merger plans against attacks from shareholders; Motorola has signed a $95 million contract to provide mobile phone services in China.
Microsoft will have to wait until next month for a ruling on the proposed billion-dollar settlement of its alleged anti-trust violations. U.S. District Court Judge J. Frederick Motz said he will not decide until after Jan. 10 whether to endorse the settlement deal.
ON24 reports that several analysts are holding their Adobe recommendations, saying that Tuesday\'s injunction barring the company from selling InDesign 1.5 won\'t hurt Adobe\'s bottom line. Shares of Adobe were down $.80 at mid-day, a change of under 3 percent. Adobe plans to ship InDesign 2.0 next month.
Bare Bones today released BBEdit 6.5.1, the latest version of its HTML and text editor. It offers language support for Java Server Pages (JSP), and an improved \"bbedit\" command-line tool, which allows BBEdit to be used as an external editor for Unix programs on Mac OS X. This update also incorporates improvements for running Unix scripts (such as Perl, Python and shell scripts), a scriptable \"Preview as Text\" command, and a simplified interface for choosing a default Mac OS API reference, as well as an assortment of other enhancements and fixes.
CompuCable is shipping two new USB KVM products, including simple manual USB+VGA 2-way switch (USBMS2-AB, $35) and \"Power Reach mini ELITE USB KVM,\" an $90 active electronic USB+VGA 2-way KVM that supports video resolutions up to 1920 x 1440, and offers a built-in self-powered hub.
Troi Dialog Plug-in 3.0 adds a flexible input dialog box, better dialog positioning, better input field control, and other parsing functions to the $40 developer plugin for FileMaker.
Dartware has released the first beta-test version of InterMapper 3.6b1, its network monitoring and alerting software that monitors the servers, routers, switches and other devices on a network and can notify the network manager about problems via audible alerts, e-mail, pages, and cell-phone messages. It offers remote viewing of network maps, a new \"outages\" window, response time measurements, new SNPP probes, and separate log files. [Classic, Carbon]
ATI has begun shipping the Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics card for notebooks. The new chipset supports 128-bit DDR (double data rate) memory and extended battery modes for tasks like watching DVDs. Pricing for the chipset, which may or may not be included on future Apple portables, has not been disclosed.
Nielsen//NetRatings has announced its rankings for the top e-tailers in the month of November. Apple came in fifth with 6.1 million unique visitors, while Amazon.com topped the charts with 31.5 million unique visitors.
Sputnix 0.4B is an unsupported, unofficial \"satellite\" client for the music sharing website, Audiogalaxy. Version 0.4B offers an upload/download speed throttle, support for gold accounts, a new toolbar and search field, the ability to play partially downloaded songs, and improves performance.
QuickTime Streaming Server 4 Public Preview 2 is a \"trial, pre-release, time-limited software release [...] meant for evaluation and development purposes only.\" It adds administration enhancements, a new Setup Assistant, native hinted MPEG-4 streaming, QoS (quality of Service) enhancements, native MP3/Icecast streaming support, and UI improvements to the Playlist Broadcaster. It expires on March 15, 2002.
Marc Moini\'s shareware ($20) startup acceleration utility, Startup Doubler 2.6.2, brings Mac OS 9.2.2 support. (It claims to be \"most useful for pre-G4 Macs, where startup can be made 10% to 50% faster. Fast disks in new high-end Macs can\'t be accelerated much...\") A trial version allows users to measure the time savings.
Chaotic Software just released MP3 Rage 4.0, an update to its $25 set of MP3 tools that adds support for Perl 5-compatible regular expressions to create tags from files, the ability to normalize sound volumes while exporting to AIFF for CD burning, new ID3 involved people list tag information, ID3 sort name for easier sorting in MP3 players, and Windows-compatible MP3 file naming.
Feelorium has released Picture-in-Picture X 1.0.1, a $12 QuickTime movie player that plays movies on an \"always on top window\" (i.e., \"floating window\"). Version 1.01 offers a new dock menu for application control and fixes a bug that caused a crash during window resizing.
Dr. Bott has updated its TiCase ($400) and TiCase Plus ($540) for latest PowerBook G4. The new interior design support seither the new square power adapter or the original round model and also includes space for the iPod. The hard shell cases offer a brushed aluminum look, a combination lock, and a detachable cover, which allows you to use the TiBook while it is in the case using the special \"Lift-o-Matic\" rear pads.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R